Yarn, design, and poll!

So, we’re gonna ride right on past the part where I apologize for not blogging for 3 months, and get straight to the point.

This point comes in, like, 4 bullet points:

  • I recently bought 4 skeins of Malabrigo sock. (One is already spoken for – I bought it with a project in mind, so it is not eligible in this poll. I’ll post pictures of the eligible ones at the bottom.)
  • I will not be using the Araucania Ranco I used before, even though I unraveled it all and it’s in 2 separate balls already. (I think it has a different destiny.)
  • I want to use one of the 3 eligible Malabrigo Sock skeins for the Azures.

The one skein that is spoken for is in Tiziano Red. Oh lordy, it is GORGEOUS. I’m going to use it to make another set of my Untitled Mitts.

The original pair were knit in KnitPicks Palette. There are some changes I need to make to the pattern, so I’m going to make another pair, and they’re going to be awesome.

So, on to the poll! The 3 skeins I have available are Turner, Stonechat, and Impressionist Sky.

Each colorway is gorgeous and would make an amazing pair of socks (and probably will someday) but I can’t decide!

Personally, I am leaning towards Turner. BUT. “Azure” means blue, so Impressionist Sky is a close second.

HERE COMES YOUR PART. Vote in this handy-dandy little poll for which colorway YOU think I should use. I can’t guarantee I’ll go with the results of the poll, but let’s just see what happens.

Tonight I started swatching for Magic Mirror Socks with Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball (both Ravelry links). Um, REALLY EXCITED about it.

And lastly, I designed the Firebending Hat. Pattern forthcoming.

April 23, 2010 at 9:22 pm Leave a comment

PATTERN: Earthbender Hat


Yarn: Cascade 220 – Forest Green (MC), Yellow (CC)
Needles: US 9 Circular (40″+ for Magic Loop)
Gauge: 4.5 sts/inch in stockinette stitch
Notions: 2-3 stitch markers, yarn needle


CO 92 sts.
Join for Magic Loop, being careful not to twist.

Work 2×2 rib for 8 rounds (or 1 inch, whichever you prefer.)

K 1 round.

Switch to CC and knit until hat measures 4-5 inches from cast on.

Begin decreases as follows:
Setup: K23, Place Marker (PM), K23, PM, K23, PM, K23
Round 1: K2tog, *K to 2 before marker, SSK, slip marker, K2tog* 3 times, K to last 2, SSK
Round 2: Knit all sts.

Repeat these 2 rounds 4 times in CC.

Switch back to MC and continue decreasing until 9 sts remain between markers.

Next round: K2tog, *K to 2 before marker, SSK, slip marker, K2tog* 3 times, K to last 2, SSK
Repeat this round until 3 sts remain between markers.

Next round: *K2tog, K1* around

8 sts left. Thread yarn onto yarn needle and draw through remaining stitches, closing top of hat.


Follow instructions for SOLID COIN for Cast On and ribbing.

K 1 round.

Switch to CC and K 3 rounds.

Switch back to MC and K until hat measures 4-5 inches from CO.

Begin decreases as follows:
Setup: K23, Place Marker (PM), K23, PM, K23, PM, K23
Round 1: K2tog, *K to 2 before marker, SSK, slip marker, K2tog* 3 times, K to last 2, SSK
Round 2: Knit all sts.

Knit decreases in MC for 4 rounds.

Switch to CC for 3 rounds.

Switch back to MC and continue decreasing to end. When 8 sts remain between markers, thread yarn through remaining stitches, closing top of hat.

Wear the version of your choice while practicing your Earthbending Skillz.

January 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

Waterbender Hat PDF


My friend Dani (who, in addition to being a great friend, is also an excellent designer, dyer, tea-blender, and sock-club-runner) has turned my Waterbender Hat pattern into a handy-dandy PDF file for your downloading enjoyment. (Also, go check of Dani’s blog and shop. Buy things from her, because she is awesome.)

You can download it from the Patterns Page! (I’m working on putting it on Ravelry, and it should be up sometime soon.)

Also, in design news: I’m working up 2 versions of the Earthbender Hat for a class in the HPKCHC. Those patterns will be posted (if not in PDF form, then definitely in a blog post) before the end of the month!

January 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

PATTERN: Waterbender Hat


IMG_6245(Download the PDF!)

Size: One size fits most adult heads

Yarn: 1 ball each of Wisdom Yarns Poems #558 (MC) and #517 (CC)

Needles: US9 Circular (I did Magic Loop on a 40” circular set, but you can use a shorter circular set and switch to DPNs for the crown)

Gauge: 4.5 stitches per inch (row gauge is not crucial)

CO 112

Join for working in the round. Work in 2×2 ribbing for 1 – 1.5 inches

K 1 row even, decreasing 2 stitches evenly. You should now have 110 stitches.


waterbending chart

After working the 8 rows of the chart, switch back to MC. Knit in MC for 4 – 5 inches (measure from bottom of ribbing.)

Begin decreasing.

1: *K9, k2tog* around

2 and all even-numbered rows: K around

3: *K8, k2tog* around

5: *K7, k2tog* around

7: *K6, k2tog* around

9: *K5, k2tog* around

11: *K4, k2tog* around

13: *K3, k2tog* around

15: *K2, k2tog* around

17: *K1, k2tog* around

19: K2tog around (You can repeat this row if you like.)

Cut yarn, leaving a generous tail, and thread yarn needle. Draw yarn through remaining stitches to close top of hat. Weave in ends.

Wear with pride when you’re practicing your Waterbending skillz.

January 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

WIP: As-Yet-Unnamed Mitts

New design I’m working on. It will be published on this blog as soon as I get it typed up and prepared.

I think it’s going to be my first pattern for sale, instead of offered free. My lovely friend Dani suggested that I sell the pattern, and when I said I didn’t even know where to begin with selling patterns, she offered to help me. I’m excited about it! It’s been fun to knit so far, and I can’t wait to finish the pair and release the pattern!

(PS: BIIIG Christmas Knits FO Roundup coming soon!)

January 6, 2010 at 7:39 pm 4 comments

Christmas Knitting


December 5, 2009 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment


*hangs head* I’m a bad blogger, I know.

Just wanted to pop in and share the most recent addition to my stash.

14 skeins of Malabrigo Worsted. Purchased from Little Knits, which is quickly becoming my favorite online retailer. And yes, 14 skeins might seem excessive, BUT almost every skein has a purpose.

Here’s the breakdown.

The Blues:

3 skeins of “Bobby Blue.”

2 skeins of “Continental Blue.”

The Purples:

2 skeins of “Cuarzo.”

2 skeins of “Jacinto.”

The Greens:

2 skeins of “Verde Esperanza.” (This one is actually a really deep green that my camera just could not capture. It’s so lovely.)

1 skein of “Saphire Green,” because it was all they had in stock. I wish I could’ve bought more in this colorway, it is beautiful!

And the obligatory Yellow:

2 skeins of “Cadmium.” Because I cannot say no to yellow.

Almost each set of skeins has a destiny, which almost never happens. Usually I buy yarn because it’s there, or because it’s pretty, but I went into this purchase adventure with a plan.

Christmas knitting is (sort of) coming along. I need to speed-knit to get everything done, I think. But I have plans!

November 29, 2009 at 10:25 pm Leave a comment

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